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Notables - Mary Bernard Aguirre at Evergreen Cemetery

Aguirre, Mary Bernard
(9-2  C  16) 

Born June 23, 1844 and died May 24, 1906. She was a Pioneer woman of New Mexico and Arizona, coming to Las Cruces on the Rio Grande in 1863 with her husband, Epifanio Aguirre. Epifanio was a large freight contractor, having done extensive freighting from the end of the railroad to Arizona and New Mexico. He was counted as one of the brightest businessmen in the southwest, but was killed by the Apaches near Sasabe, 65 miles south of Tucson. Mary taught at the first public school in San Pedro and because of so many Apache raids came to Tucson, where she became one of the most efficient teachers of the area. She also was head of the Spanish language and English departments at the University of Arizona for many years. A book has been written about Mary and her family: ”A Journey Of The Heart.” Many of Mary’s family (Bernard and Aguirre) are interred at Evergreen Cemetery.
File #37662


Notables - Allen, John Brackett at Evergreen Cemetery

Allen, John Brackett
(25 County) 

Born (November 10, 1919) October 22, 1818 Maine and died June 13, 1899 Tucson, Pima Co., AZ. Removed from old city cemetery and buried in the county section northwest corner of Evergreen. He was a Tucson Postmaster and served as Tucson Mayor for two terms: 1876-1878; and Territory treasurer for six years from 1867 -1873. Upon his arrival to Tucson in 1858 he began making and selling pies filled with dried apples (his nickname was “Pie”) but soon was operating a general store. John bought a farm and ranching land and after a trip to Los Angeles he brought back with him ten or twelve good milk cows and three hives of honey bees, the first in the territory. The dairy he established was also one of the first, if not the first, operating in Arizona. Like many pioneers he was unsuccessful in building a material Fortune and knew poverty toward the end of his life. John was an important figure in the history of Southern Arizona, and an honest, colorful character. 

File #35299


Notables - Jules Verne Allen at Evergreen Cemetery

Jules Verne Allen
(247  C  4) 

Born 4/1/1980 Waxahachie, Texas Died 3/19/1942 Tucson, Arizona. Was one of a handful of authentic and documented cowboy singers and writers.  Jules lived the life that his songs dealt with. When songs were still a part of oral tradition, from the age of ten and a participant in cattle drives, Jules began singing for the pleasure of his fellow cowboys. He worked in law enforcement for many years as a peace officer, deputy sheriff and El Paso policeman. Jules was also a composer and writer in his own right and the earliest versions of “Home on the Range” and “Oh Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie are among his earliest notable authentic oral traditions. Also wrote the book “Cowboy Lore” to hand down to the glamour and glory of the southwest to history for others to learn what life was like in those wild west days.  File #42874


Mary Storrs Andersen
(
64-2  D  2)   

Born in 1880, died in 1946. She was a concert pianist and singer and was a founder of Sigma Alpha Iota, National Music Fraternity which has a chapter at the University of Arizona. She was the wife of Dr. Arthur O. Andersen, Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Arizona.
File #34754


Notables - William Henry Barnes at Evergreen Cemetery

William Henry Barnes
(101-3  B  16) 

Born May 14, 1843, died November 10, 1904. He was a prominent lawyer, member of the Bar Association and Judge. Being a good debater and one familiar with the technicalities of the law, he was an important participant in the proceedings.  Mr. Barnes helped write the Arizona Constitution that would be sent to Congress with a request for statehood. He was the first president of the Territorial Bar Association, Attorney for the Southern Pacific Railroad, and he and his partner, John H. Martin, represented copper magnate, William C. Greene and the Greene Consolidated Copper Company. Barnes himself was president of the Cieneguita Copper Company of Sonora, Mexico. In November of 1894 he was made a special assistant United States Attorney for Arizona.
File #32595


James Daniel Bailey

James Daniel Bailey
(38-2  D  2)

born February 27, 1869 and died January 18, 1944 After serving as a Arizona Territorial Ranger (1903-1906) he ended his years as a cattle rancher.
File #18215


William Sylvester Bartlett
(18-1  G  1 ) 

Born December 15, 1851 and died March 8, 1938. William is a direct descendant of Josiah Bartlett of New Hampshire, signer of the Declaration of Independence. Left his father’s Virginia plantation to fight for the south in the Civil War. Carried Confederate dispatches for General Robert E. Lee. Then started West and in his career as a courier and scout for the Texas Army post of Fort Richardson, was involved in many fights and Indian raids. Settle down after he married and by wagon train moved his family to New Mexico. William came to Tucson in 1896. 
File #39949 


Thomas G. Beaham
(76D  C 15)

born September 25, 1907 Kansas City, MO and died May 2, 1967. Tucson, Arizona. Life-long Republican and State Senator. He was elected to the State House from the old Pima County District 8 in 1964. During his term there he promoted passage of smog control legislation and the humane slaughter bill. Thomas also served on the House committees on Public Institutions, Natural Resources and Agriculture and Irrigation. He was a leading sponsor of a bill to establish a branch of the Arizona Children’s Colony in Tucson. Thomas has been in the cattle business since 1932 and owner of the Double X cattle ranch. Thomas married Virginia Ruthrauff, whose father designed the old City Hall building and the 4th Avenue subway.
File #114


Bernard, Allen “Al” Cunningham

Allen “Al” Cunningham Bernard (7-2 C 16)

Born February 11, 1859, Westport,(Neighborhood of Kansas City), Missouri and died July 4, 1930 Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ. A mule skinner, surveyor, clerk, Indian trader, cattleman, miner, Indian scout, legislator and member for several years of the Tucson city council, he devoted his life to public service. No man in Arizona has done more valuable and far reaching work for the state in the suppression of Indian troubles. He served as interpreter at the time of the Geronimo uprising. He married Minnie Chouteau, the granddaughter of Pierre Chouteau, founder of the city of St. Louis, Missouri and served as Sheriff of Pima County, Clerk of the United States District Court of Tucson. He was member of the territorial legislature and of the city council, and as mayor on several occasions. He served as Tiler in the 385 lodge.
File #37396


Noah W. Bernard 
(10-3  C  16)  

Born June 4, 1854 Baltimore, Maryland and died March 23, 1907 Tucson, Pima Co., AZ. Cattle rancher at Arivaca. And then owner of a ranch and mining properties in the Oro Blanco district. Was a stockholder in the Tucson Ice and Cold Storage Company. Member of the Pima County board supervisors and had a seat in the 1905 legislature.  Bernard was best known and best liked resident of Tucson and Pima County. 
File #37665 


Rabbi Albert T. Bilgray            (301  D  43)  

Born September 14, 1910 and died March 19, 1998. Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Tucson Since 1947, Rabbi Bilgray helped build a new temple, worked for desegregation in Tucson public schools, and was on the board of the Tucson Medical Center, and was a charter member of Tucson’s Commission on Human Relations. He also taught Hebrew at the University of Arizona (1950 – 1978), initiating degree programs in religious studies, Hebrew language and literature, and Judaic studies.


Dr. Nelson C. Bledsoe
(44  B  18-1)

Born in 1876, died February 22, 1974. He worked as a physician and eventually Chief Surgeon for the Calumet and Arizona mining company in Bisbee. He moved to Tucson 1931 and became president of the Arizona Medical Association. He was a potentate of the El Zoreba Shrine which was the only Shrine Temple in Arizona at that time and very active in the Scottish Rite and in 1927 the cornerstone was laid for the Temple of Music And Art, he was the Grand Master of Masons at that time and his name was added to the cornerstone. After the death of Harry Arizona Drachman, Nelson was appointed by the Supreme Council of the Southern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite to be the deputy and then later Sovereign Grand Inspector General for Arizona. He held that office until a few months before he died in 1974. Nelson was chief of staff at the southern Methodist Hospital in Tucson which still stands but no longer a hospital. He served as president of the Arizona Historical Society. You could hardly mention a charitable organization that Nelson did not have a major part, not just money but actually doing his own time and effort. One of his patients, Sydney Berner (Civil War veteran) owned Ramsey Canyon in the Huachuca Mountains south of Sierra Vista, which was a bird sanctuary. Nelson purchased the estate and when he died it went to the nature conservancy who still owns and operates it.  The sanctuary is known internationally as a bird watching center.
File #29894


Charles "Judge" Blenman
(59  F  1) 

Born December 18, 1859 and died May 8, 1936. Charles first visited Arizona (Tombstone) in 1889 to defend an accused man on trial for his life. He liked Arizona for “the better climate” and arrived in Tucson 1891 to set up law practice. He was an active and fervent democrat and was the delegate to the democratic convention at San Francisco. He was instrumental in establishing the San Xavier Indian Reservation. He practiced law in Tucson for more than 45 years and was known by the honorary title of “Judge” and “Barrister” throughout his career. Charles was widely known for his wit, conversation, hospitality and abilities as an anecdotist. Charles was appointed special assistant to the United States Attorney in Tucson in war risk cases involving the U.S. Veterans’ Bureau and was a charter member of the Tucson Elks Lodge. At his time of death Charles was considered the Dean of Pima County lawyers and one of the outstanding barristers in the state.
File #38067


Clara Ferrin Bloom 
(155  B  43) 

Clara was born in a house on the corner of Meyer Avenue and Cushing Street (present location of the Cushing Street Bar) Clara, her oldest sister (Hattie who married Charles Solomon) and younger brother all attended the old Congress street school, which later was the location of Dave Bloom and sons clothing store from 1931 to 1968. Clara graduated from the University of Arizona (three were in her class). She taught at Safford Elementary School. Clara was life member of the University of Arizona Alumni Association. She was a founding member on the board of directors of the Tucson’s Women’s Symphony Association and charter member of many organizations, including Phi Kappa Phi Honorary on campus, the National Council of Jewish Women and the Tucson Festival Society. When Clara died in 1973, she was the oldest member of the Temple Emanu-El Congregation. Clara Ferrin Bloom Elementary School on East Pima was completed just before her death. Clara and David had three sons, Herb, Dave and Ted. All three boys were early members of the order of DeMolay in Tucson. Herb was a state master counselor.
File #37890


Bloom, David Walter
(154  B  43)

Born November 19, 1879 and died November 2, 1956. Mr. Bloom immigrated to the United States in 1894, arriving in Boston at the age of 15 and with 50 cents in his pocket. He made friends with J. Cress Myers, a native of Melrose, Ohio. David came west and shortly after his arrival to Tucson, MYERS joined him. They opened up a variety store, carrying all types of merchandise, and then later converted strictly to men’s furnishings. President of Southern Arizona Bank and Trust Co., asked Bloom and Myers to take over Armstrong’s dry goods store, one of the leading businesses at that time. With this good fortune, they moved to the northwest corner of Congress Street and Scott Avenue. They installed glass showcases and were one of the first businesses to protect their merchandise from dust and dirt. Sales results seemed to justify this innovative idea. In 1930 the two men dissolved their partnership and Dave opened a new men’s store which later on his sons joined him in the business. David was active in the Tucson Rotary, Old Pueblo Club, Tucson Merchants Association, Temple of Music And Art, Tucson Symphony Society, Tucson Chamber of Commerce, Tucson Country Club and various shrine groups.
File #37890